Certificate Programs & Added Authorizations

Both certificates and added authorizations provide additional professional skills and expertise; one is sanctioned by San Diego State University and the other by the the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) .

What is a Certificate?

A certificate is granted by SDSU after a candidate completes a set of courses which provide the candidate with specialized skills and expertise.

What is an Added Authorization?

An added authorization is regulated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) that enables teachers to teach more subjects in more areas. (For example, an elementary school teacher might work toward an added authorization to teach math in middle school.)


Advanced Certificate in Behavior Analysis

Department: Special Education (SPED)

SPED offers a verified course sequence (VCS) from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® towards the BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) certificate, as well as the Advanced Certificate in Behavior Analysis.

Cultural Proficiency for Educators

Department: College of Education (COE)

The certificate is designed for those looking to develop culturally relevant teaching strategies to address issues related to teaching in diverse school settings.

Dual Language for Academic Literacy

Department: Dual Language & English Learner Education (DLE)

This certificate program provides K-12 teachers and other education professionals with specialized course work in Dual Language programming. This construct provides instruction in two languages and is aimed for students to develop competencies in bilingualism, biliteracy and biculturalism/ multiculturalism.

EC-TEaMH: Early Childhood Transdisciplinary Education and Mental Health

Department: Child & Family Development (CFD)

EC-TEaMH is an interdisciplinary program focusing on professional preparation and skills enhancement of early childhood educators who work with young children who demonstrate socio-emotional and behavioral problems and their parents.

English Language Development for Academic Literacy

Department: Dual Language & English Learner Education (DLE)

This certificate program provides K-12 teachers and other education professionals with specialized preparation for developing academic literacy assessment, curriculum, and teaching methods specifically designed to meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs).

Mental Health Recovery & Trauma-Informed Care

Department: Counseling & School Psychology (CSP)

Rehabilitation Technology

Department: Administration, Rehabilitation, & Postsecondary Education (ARPE)

This certificate program trains interested engineers and non-engineers in the field of rehabilitation technology using formal classroom instruction, project design and fabrication, and internship.

Supported Employment & Transition Specialist

Department: Administration, Rehabilitation, & Postsecondary Education (ARPE)

This certificate prepares specialists who develop and implement programs in supported employment and adult community living for youth and adults with disabilities.

Added Authorizations

Bilingual Added Authorization

Department: Dual Language & English Learner Education (DLE)

This bilingual added authorization is open to all teachers who hold a preliminary or clear California credential for multiple or single subject teaching and are interested in adding the bilingual authorization.

Reading and Literacy

Department: School of Teacher Education (STE)

This program provides additional expertise and authorization in literacy instruction, preparing you to teach literacy in the classroom more effectively and to assume additional roles at the school level in literacy leadership.

Special Education Early Childhood Added Authorization

Department: Special Education (SPED)

This CCTC-approved added authorization can be added to a Level II Specialist Credential in Special Education. The added authorization extends credential authorization from age 5 down to birth.